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Family & Defacto Law - Mediation - Primary Dispute Resolution

For those people whose relationships have ended and who need help to resolve matters of childcare and maintenance, financial arrangements, and property settlement.

The 2004 Family Law Rules require divorcing/separating couples to seek PDR or mediation services before commencing actions in the Family Law Court have been operating for over 12 months. The changes stipulate an obligation for divorcing/separating couples to seek PDR or mediation services before instigating actions in the Family Court.

Mutual Mediations assists in the resolution of your family disputes. Our mediators, who are accredited with all Queensland courts have already successfully conducted 100’s of family law, commercial and workplace mediations both here and in other Australian jurisdictions.

Mutual Mediations has positioned itself as an alliance, corporate services company, to facilitate easy access to all primary dispute resolution processes. Mutual Mediations have been providers of conciliation services for the Federal Magistrates Court's family law conciliation program from its inception over two years ago. They have conducted many Legal Aid conferences and have contracted to assist Relationships Australia for family and divorce mediation.

Our experience has been as much in family law property disputes as it is in dealing with residence and contact issues, including defacto matters. During the past 6 months many solicitors have recognised the benefits of commencing PDR much earlier and conduct the mediation before proceeding to take the matter to court.

Our practice has shown how effective the dynamics are between mediators, solicitors and their clients using an extremely constructive process to resolve issues through the use of collaboration. Clients obtain the benefits of an effective and efficient primary dispute resolution process, resulting in satisfactory outcomes for all concerned.

Divorce and separation is a stressful time for everyone, especially when children are involved. Both partners may experience a range of emotions which include a sense of loss, grief, pain, anger and failure. Court rooms may prolong such difficult times. Mediation will reduce the duration of such a difficult period.

Mediation offers a better way to resolve divorce and family conflicts:

  • The focus is on moving forward and finding resolution,
    rather than assigning blame.
  • Mediation helps avoid adversarial and costly legal battles
  • Mediation allows parties to retain control over the outcome
  • Mediation allows for creative solutions

Many couples find that the most efficient and best way of negotiating these issues is by working with a specially trained and impartial mediator. The mediator can help to keep you both on track, despite your differences, your strong emotions and communication difficulties, and can, in most cases, help you to relieve much of the anxiety over these issues.

This can make all the difference in your recovering from your divorce or separation and moving on with your life. Mediation allows the two of you to get through your divorce with less conflict than you would experience in an adversarial divorce.

As a team of specialist family mediators, Mutual Mediations provides the environment for the resolution of all family and separation issues in dispute, without the need for a courtroom. All issues that are addressed in the courtroom can be resolved in an efficient mediation process.

Maintain Control of your Decisions and Options

Family, divorce and defacto mediation maintains control over your individual and family’s futures. With the assistance of a family mediator, you and your partner will explore options in relation to resolving financial and parenting matters; including:

  • the division of assets and liabilities,
  • how long term decision about your children’s welfare will be made,
  • establish co-operative parenting arrangements for the future,
  • attending to financial support for your children and you.

The Family mediator will provide the opportunity for you and your former partner to reach agreement about disputed matters, without a judge or a court imposing decisions upon you – you maintain control.

In relation to contact and residence arrangements for children there is great emphasis on the importance of a continuing relationship between a child and a parent, and the benefits a child gains from parents co-operating with one another, as far as practicable, to protect and safeguard the interest of any child.

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